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At National Church Residences, we deeply understand the importance of spiritual care for our residents and their families. We are committed to advancing better living for seniors wherever they call home. That vision is why we are proud to provide chaplaincy services to our senior living communities and more than 140 affordable housing properties across the country. As an organization rooted in a Christian model of service, we hold a deep respect for the sacred in every senior. Our chaplaincy services are designed to provide the seniors in our communities with comfort, support and the sense of community they deserve during life's most challenging moments.

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The Benefits of Chaplaincy

Aging provides every person with a remarkable opportunity – the chance to grow, not just in years, but as a human being. However, seniors can often feel like they’re making this journey alone as they grow older. Our chaplains are here to join you on your journey.

At National Church Residences, we believe that spiritual care is grounded in our shared humanity. There is no substitute for human connection, and our chaplains offer our senior residents the gift of a caring presence. Our chaplains encourage, guide and support residents throughout their journey. This simple act of socialization can help our residents enjoy a variety of benefits:

  • Improved mental and emotional health
  • Improved physical wellness
  • Greater self-esteem
  • Better cognitive functioning
  • Enhanced sense of belonging and purpose
  • A stronger sense of community

Our Chaplaincy Services

We are committed to better living for our residents and encourage physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness and wholeness. Our chaplaincy services help support our residents on this profound journey regardless of their religious beliefs or personal orientations.

Our approach to spiritual care starts with our shared humanity. Our goal isn’t to direct you down a certain path, it’s to connect with you and support you in the following ways.

  • Compassionate Listening: Our chaplains are trained to extend a listening ear during moments of joy or sorrow.
  • Spiritual Guidance: Conducting religious services, facilitating relevant discussions and offering spiritual guidance, our chaplains are here to help, regardless of your faith or beliefs.
  • Community and Connection: Our chaplains can also help you connect with local religious and spiritual communities.
  • Celebration of Life: One of the ways our chaplains demonstrate the sacred in every individual is by celebrating the unique journey of every life.  

Our Chaplains

As National Church Residences has grown, so have our chaplaincy services. All our senior living communities have a staff chaplain onsite while more than 200 volunteers serve 140-plus affordable housing communities throughout Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas and Maryland. 

Our chaplains are ordained clergy, but their goal is not to promote specific religious beliefs. Instead, we’re dedicated to fostering a sense of community, belonging and spiritual connection. Led by Corporate Chaplain Rev. Jim Zippay, our goal is to promote care and compassion together in a shared space where our residents can celebrate life and enjoy better living.

Jim Zippay

Jim Zippay

Corporate Chaplain


Gerald Murphy

Gerald Murphy

Chaplain at First Community Village, Columbus, Ohio

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National Church Residences does not discriminate against individuals based on race, color, disability, familial status, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, payment source, or any other class protected by applicable law, whether in employment or its activities, programs, or services. National Church Residences also does not discriminate based on age, except as required by government entitlements or permitted by applicable law for seniors.